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Re: “ABC News goes looking for the Westside School shooters

WhitePages online lists a Drew Douglas Grant in Gordonville, Mo; age 29, formerly of Jackson, MO. It may be worth looking into.

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Posted by ruralmom on 02/18/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Napoleon Dynamite, fresh out of jail

Did he mention that Bob Dylan was the greatest songwriter ever, and had he attended UCA? He sounds like someone I worked with in the cafeteria c. 1992, whiLe he was dating the Asian lady (I used to know which country she was from, but cannot remember now).

Posted by ruralmom on 02/11/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “State Facebook page touts "Robert E. Lee Day"

Before fighting for Confederacy and his home state of Virginia, Lee was offered the opportunity to lead the US Army.

After the war, General Lee lobbied hard for Reconstruction, for reconciliation between the North and South, and for the re-integration of confederates into politics. Without his efforts, the southern states would have been even worse off than circumstance and lack of an industrial base left them for much of the nearly 150 years since the Civil War.

Arkansas has been celebrating Robert E Lee's birthday since 1907, as a state holiday it was a day off for state employees. Ronald Regan signed the proclamation recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr day in 1983. Lee's birthday is January 19; King's is January 15th. So instead of making state employees choose one or the other to take their day off, Arkansas combined the two and recognize both on the 3rd Monday in January.

In other words, even though the juxtaposition looks odd to the hypersensitive and those worried about race relations, it isn't a deliberate attempt to marr Dr. King's memory. I really wish we had come far enough to be able to celebrate two men - each great in their own right - without fearing that the celebration of one was at the detriment of the other.

===From other sources===
Don't be misled by Lee's Confederate uniform. True, he led the Southern forces through the Civil War, but he deplored slavery. A West Point-trained officer who fought with valor in the Mexican War, he made a heart-wrenching decision to remain loyal to his native state when Virginia seceded from the Union.
Read more: How to Celebrate Robert E. Lee |…

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Posted by ruralmom on 01/18/2011 at 2:03 AM


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